Yay! I woke up this morning with an idea for a new novel, and wrote about five pages of it. Of course, you don’t know if you actually have something until you’ve got at least fifty, but it feels good today. I’m really looking forward to my residency at SFU next year, when I’ll have real time to write.

Today’s job: blurb for Miss Lamp, a new novel by Chris Ewart coming out off Coach House Press in the new year. Big applause for Chris! Miss Lamp is delightful.

I called the orthopaedic surgeon today too, trying to see if I could talk her into letting me out of my cast early. I can move my toes, and the tendon feels like it has properly reattached. Why let the calf muscle atrophy any more than it has to? The cast locks my foot in at this awkward, semi-flexed position– I guess precisely so I won’t walk on it. Want to walk! Aaaah!

Watched Rear Window the other night. Soon I’m going to start making up paranoid stories about my neighbour murdering and dismembering his wife. Now if only Grace Kelly would start pestering me to marry her…


  1. a.raw on November 4, 2005 at 3:12 pm

    residency at SFU? details please!!! does this mean your move to van is official?

    also, any chance you’ll be in van for the S&S launch? i’m sure that’s too much to ask. it looks like i’ll be flying out for the glorious event. first time in vancouver! would, of course, be TREMENDOUS to cross paths w/ you there!

  2. Larissa Lai on November 4, 2005 at 4:01 pm

    i guess i should be tooting my horn more loudly on that one. yes, i’ll be writer-in-residence through the english department at sfu in vancouver from january-june 2006. very excited about this, as there are lots of writers and thinkers in vancouver right now who seem to come from the same planet as me.

    unfortunately, won’t be in van for S&S– travelling in taiwan and japan and not back until nov. 27. so i will just miss you. big drag. but i will be thinking about you and sending the hippiest love-vibes possible across the pacific to the great land of lotuses. er… loti?

  3. jason christie on November 5, 2005 at 9:53 am

    o i so want to get into the phd prog at sfu already. esp. b/c you might still be around there larissa. hope your foot is off your mind a bit today. tho if it was i’ve gone and ruined it… dang. talk to you soon.

  4. Larissa Lai on November 5, 2005 at 10:05 am

    i cross my fingers for you jc. i predict that in the next few years calgary is going to take vancouver by storm.

    and then we take berlin…

  5. a.raw on November 6, 2005 at 10:08 am

    very exciting, larissa! huge congrats on the residency!! goooooo christie!

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